Seeking a special way to incorporate charitable giving into your wedding plans, but don't know where to start? Consider making a donation to a preferred charity, instead of spending money on favors; or, perhaps you'd be open to giving up your gown after the big day to a nonprofit retailer whose proceeds go to a meaningful cause.
Still another idea, and a growing trend: enlist your bridesmaids to participate in a fundraising activity and skip the expenses of a shower or bachelorette party. In fact, make it a solid pre-wedding workout in the process! Whether you choose to complete a 5K together or dance your hearts out for a local school’s children's benefit, there are endless ways to get active with your best girls -- AND make a difference.
For Greater New York City brides, the 4th Annual TeamCindy 5K Run for Research, held September 16 at Riverside Park, was an exceptional opportunity for some bridal party-bonding. The event honors the life of Cynthia Lynn Sherwin, a gone-too-soon tri-athlete, and helps raise funds for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation and a research grant for early detection and prevention.
TeamCindy 5K Run for Research participants got to experience something rewarding together; plus, received race-day t-shirts and amazing swag bags, including a 5-day guest pass to New York Health & Racquet Club. What's more, racers were treated to a free lunch after the event at Ellington in the Park, the perfect spot for a bridal party to enjoy a drink, sit back and take in gorgeous views of the Hudson River.
Sounds sort of like a ready-made bridal shower, no?